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June 13, 2019

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Floral Prints by Ducal Firenze

Warning: Not for the faint of heart! I have always had a soft spot for floral prints. When I was younger, I used to buy floral print (subtle ones) shirts from Banana Republic, back when doing so was the cool thing to do (i.e circa 20 years ago). I also had a dark brown leather engraved floral print loafer from Donald Pliner. I loved these so much a bought a half size too small and […]

September 5, 2012

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Fancy Colors?…..Take Your Pick! — Shudy Footwear

The idea of a rubberized (or polyurethane) moc is simply brilliant to me, even though I am a big advocate of leather footwear. So you ask why? Well, first and foremost, these types of dainty shoes are not built for hard-wearing. As a matter of fact, they are not even built for wearing period as they were originally intended for using while driving (and thus sitting – not walking). That being, it does not make […]

February 23, 2012

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What I Am Wearing – Suede Loafers & Blazer

This outfit here is one of my more classic looks, as in I believe that this is something that many others have done before: brown suede loafers, khaki looking trousers, blue blazer & gold/yellow tie. And even though I usually try not to be too classic, I must say that I quite like this look. For me it gives the notion of one who likes to be smart looking but not stuffy. This look is […]

December 17, 2011

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Shoes Of The Week – Mannina

There is something about wholecut loafers that I just absolutely love. The fact that they seem to derive from a Prince Albert shoe but usually will have a normal sole on them and are intended for actual wear as opposed to prancing around your big mansion, is quite appealing to me. And then, there are so many things that you can do to them to give them a little bit of character, like add a […]

November 7, 2011

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Patinas – Even You Can Do Them

(Just a little under half of my collection, 45 to be exact (some you cannot see), mainly my casuals) I just recently moved into a new flat in London and finally learned what it’s like to truly be European. What I mean is, now that I finally have all of my stuff in one place, I can ultimately see that I have way too much and it does not all fit. It’s a sad realization, […]

July 3, 2011

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Shoes Of The Week – Crocodile Loafers By Bestetti

Using crocodile (or alligator) on a pair of shoes, is most likely one of those things that you either love or absolutely hate. I have always had a mixed feeling, where on some shoes I think it looks atrocious, and on others, I could not see it done better. This loafer, by Bestetti, would fall into the latter category. I do find crocodile to be on the ostentatious side of the leather spectrum, so do […]

May 17, 2011

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Driving Loafers – Europe’s Summer Shoe

Depending on where you live in this world, there is always a shoe that acts as one’s ‘go-to’ model once the hot days of spring and summer start to show their face. In tropical places you have the flip-flop, in the States you have the boat shoe, and in Europe you have espadrilles and even better yet, the driving loafer. But the greatest thing about driving loafers, is that if you have the right model […]